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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen handed Mexican GP grid penalty

Kevin Magnussen will receive a grid penalty for the Mexican Grand Prix after taking additional power unit components.

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Kevin Magnussen has been handed a five-place grid penalty at the Mexican Grand Prix after his Haas VF-22 was fitted with new power unit components.

During Free Practice 1, reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi – completing one of Haas' mandatory young driver sessions – stopped on track with a technical problem.

The team discovered that the car would require a new Internal Combustion Engine, and fitted this in time for some running in FP2.

With Magnussen's car taking a sixth ICE of the season, and with only three permitted for the year, he has been handed a five-place grid penalty.

So far, the only other driver with a Mexican GP grid penalty is Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, who will drop back three places as a punishment for his role in the collision with Fernando Alonso at last weekend's US Grand Prix.

The Haas team were already dealt a blow earlier in the weekend when the stewards decided to accept Alpine's protest against the decision to penalise Alonso's seventh-place US Grand Prix result, a complaint originally triggered by the American team.

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